by Bongani Mtlhavani

Cape Outdoor Expo 2012

The complete outdoor experience

Cape Outdoor Expo 2012
Cape Outdoor Expo 2012

The annual Cape Outdoor Eco Adventure and Travel Expo is a must-visit event for all outdoor enthusiasts. This year saw the 17th installment of the exhibition take place at Sandringham Farm in Stellenbosch, also the home of the famous Cheese Festival. Amongst the goods and services on display were 4x4’s, tents, trailers, local destinations, exciting adventure products and tours available in Southern Africa. The expo also showcased wildlife, conservation, and eco-friendly products and services with over 19 000 people attending over the weekend.  

Sandringham Farm offered a magnificent outdoor venue for both exhibits and activities, particularly the Mcarthy 4x4 course for anyone who was up for the challenge. For beer-lovers, a special craft beer tent was set up by The Craft Beer Project, with a wide range of all local beers for visitors to enjoy. The tent featured "Beer 101", a short introductory talk and tasting on all things beer - what's in it, how it's made and how to appreciate the amber nectar. There were also wine tastings and stalls with delicious food on offer.

Not only was there loads of interesting things to see and buy, but there was also exciting events happening throughout the day to keep both adults and kids entertained. Some of these included the Harley Davidson Rig, live entertainment by Tuxedo, winelands horse trails, winelands quad biking trails, a free fall tower, paintballing as well as a Coca Cola jumping castles. 

The event was also very dog-friendly with social pooches on leads allowed to attend on the Sunday where Animal Welfare held a doggie walk around the beautiful location to raise funds for their organisation. Attendants also got the chance to interact with a live python and some guests had their photos taken while holding the slimy reptile. 

The three-day expo once again brought a full range of experiences to attendees, from destinations to outdoor products, services and accessories, to live entertainment, food and drink. The sister show of the top outdoor exhibition is held annually at Waterfall Polo Estate in Midrand with the next one is happening from the 24th to the 26th of May 2013.

For more info: www.outdoorexpo.co.za

 

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